Does the Shepherd's Center really hel...

Does the Shepherd's Center really help our area?

Created by Stonie on Apr 16, 2008

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Stonie

United States

#1 Apr 16, 2008
I would like to konw if the Shepherd's Center really helps our area or if it could do more to help the citiziens. I know that they do not give away items to people who have lost their homes to fire, they sell them these items, and they don't give out a whole lot of food. Maybe I have not seen what all they really are doing. Give me your opinions and dont comment on any of their workers or employees. This is about the organization as a whole.
Observer

Columbia, TN

#2 Apr 16, 2008
Shepherd's Center is a wonderful organization.

Tell us what YOU have done.
Observer

Columbia, TN

#3 Apr 16, 2008
* Neighborly Meals Program delivers free meals every week day to 55-60 elderly and disabled persons

* The Lunch Box program delivers free meals to school age children throughout the summer when there is no school lunch program active.

* Emergency Food Pantry provides free food to low income families.

* 646,760 pounds of food were given to 29,369 people in 2006 alone.

I have to ask if you knew this. If you did NOT know this, why did you not check first before coming in here to slam them? All this information is readily and easily available.

And if you DID know this, then when you said "they don't give out a whole lot of food", you were lying, and I would like to know why you would choose to lie about something like this.
I SEE

Schaumburg, IL

#4 Apr 16, 2008
some good they do but also things i dont like but they do give some a livelyhood...as with my tith plus...have not seen a church i totally agree with and rather than take a tax break i try and give to those in real need. So much charity is nothing but show and tell and saying god look at me how good i am doing. very week people.
Buffy

United States

#5 Apr 17, 2008
Observer wrote:
* Neighborly Meals Program delivers free meals every week day to 55-60 elderly and disabled persons
* The Lunch Box program delivers free meals to school age children throughout the summer when there is no school lunch program active.
* Emergency Food Pantry provides free food to low income families.
* 646,760 pounds of food were given to 29,369 people in 2006 alone.
I have to ask if you knew this. If you did NOT know this, why did you not check first before coming in here to slam them? All this information is readily and easily available.
And if you DID know this, then when you said "they don't give out a whole lot of food", you were lying, and I would like to know why you would choose to lie about something like this.
They have helped a lot of families in Hawkins County.

They also provide Christmas for children with the help of different organizations and churches.

Go down and volunteer in the food pantry alone and it will bless you.

They not only give away free food, but at times you can get shampoo, toothpaste, detergent, etc.
Dick Tracy

AOL

#6 Apr 17, 2008
Stonie wrote:
I would like to konw if the Shepherd's Center really helps our area or if it could do more to help the citiziens. I know that they do not give away items to people who have lost their homes to fire, they sell them these items, and they don't give out a whole lot of food. Maybe I have not seen what all they really are doing. Give me your opinions and dont comment on any of their workers or employees. This is about the organization as a whole.
I would guarantee on their worst day they have done more to help the community than you have done in your entire life. The Review recently ran an entire series on the services provided and folks helped. Even though you are a troublemaker looking for only the bad I still say God bless you.

Since: Mar 08

Smyrna, TN

#7 Apr 17, 2008
I agree that Shepherd's Center is a wonderful organization. Many people volunteer their time to help their fellow men.

Of course they have some paid staff...couldn't exist without them...but Shepherd's Center's contribution to this community has been invaluable.
Never ceases to amaze

Lenoir City, TN

#8 Apr 17, 2008
I personally was shocked when I moved here and discovered all this town had for "helping" was Shepherd's Center. I had no furniture and was still looking for a job. I didn't know anyone in this town and the nearest family was 500 miles away. I went in and asked for help and they just said, sorry we don't do that. My children and I slept on the floor for six weeks before someone helped me find a cheap but clean mattress. I had always shopped at thrift stores back home for my childrens play clothes and furniture. You could get decent clothes for about $0.50 a piece. I don't even bother to shop for clothes at the Sheperds Center anymore. They are so high priced. I can get brand new clothes on clearance at Goody's and Walmart for maybe a dollar or two more. I do check out the "clearance area" once in a while in hopes that I'll get lucky. Yes the Shepards Center has many great programs. Feeding the homebound elderly is a wonderful loving thing to do. Christmas for the Children is great, but it's local churches that actually do the giving, not the Shepards Center (to my understanding). They just manage the applications. They do give away food, I haven't had to go but I have had a friend recently hit hard times and it was a lifesaver for her family. I just know that there are many out there who would benefit if they would lower the prices of their merchandise. It's a sad day when you can't afford second hand prices. I would also suggest that when they have donated clothes from someones yardsale and there is a sticker on it saying $0.50 that it is kinda silly to put a price tag on it for $3.50. I'm not bashing anyone, just giving my opinion since it was asked for. My long lengthy post will be finished once I say this. Many of you instantly "bashed" Stonie just for asking for opinions. They never once put anyone down just asked if they weren't seeing all that Shepard's Center did. This town ... really people, hospitality in a small town is a joke. There are good and kind people everywhere, even in big cities. Seems to me the mean hearted, spitefull and ugly outnumber the kind, good hearted, and well meaning in Rogersville, TN.
Stonie

Hollywood, FL

#10 Apr 17, 2008
LOL Im not attacking them. I just had a simple question.
just lookin

Kingsport, TN

#11 Apr 18, 2008
I give furniture (living room suite, sterio etc) to them at least once a year. clothes (ladies, children, teens) I give once a year. I certainly hope they don't sale it. I never take a tax write-off as I feel like I am 'giving' back somtehing that I have been fortuate enough to have. I thought they gave to folks that couldn't afford it and sold a a very low price to those who could pay. Am I missing something? I also donate food during the holidays when their food supply gets low. Hope this is given.

“you have to begin to start”

Since: Feb 08

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#13 Apr 22, 2008
My grandma's house burned down a few years ago and she had nothing but us grandkids and 2 of her kids and the shepherds center couldn't help her they were just give out is what sheldon told her. They give and give and give but no one gives to them...! yeah right my hiny too! that building was stuffed full and that room beside the conference room was laying full of clothes. He said we can give you a lil bit of food to help you and guess what she got 1 can of beans 1 can applesauce 1 molded cake some rotten potatoes and a slap on the a** when she left.
As to a comment in an upper thread that christmas for the kids my church helps with that and we also pay a monthly due to them which is crap!!! all we ever recieve is a letter begging for more money to help the third world countries...what happened to helping people in our city/county? I know you can go to the shepherds center in sneedville and its a whole lot different than ours. stuff is way cheaper and i think they say nothing is over 25.00 in their store...Makes you wonder about how much the crook sheldon is making running this I would like to see a copy of his w-2's
Observer

Columbia, TN

#14 Apr 22, 2008
I don't understand the motivation of those of you who hate the Shepherds Center and want to see it shut down. No one is forcing you to donate to them, and no one is forcing you to go down there and ask them for free furniture and goodies that you are hoping to resell on ebay. I am sorry that the free things you got were not to your satisfaction and make it harder to resell at a profit, but the reality is that this is a poor county and almost all the things donated to the center are worn out old junk that was never worth much in the first place.

I recommend you do something about your unhappiness. You could either start your own charity that provides services for the poor and elderly, or you could move to New York or San Francisco where the city welcomes complainers like you and gives them free gourmet meals, high end furniture, and bars of solid gold.
Honesty is a virtue

Knoxville, TN

#15 Apr 22, 2008
rog-vegas citizen wrote:
My grandma's house burned down a few years ago and she had nothing but us grandkids and 2 of her kids and the shepherds center couldn't help her they were just give out is what sheldon told her. They give and give and give but no one gives to them...! yeah right my hiny too! that building was stuffed full and that room beside the conference room was laying full of clothes. He said we can give you a lil bit of food to help you and guess what she got 1 can of beans 1 can applesauce 1 molded cake some rotten potatoes and a slap on the a** when she left.
As to a comment in an upper thread that christmas for the kids my church helps with that and we also pay a monthly due to them which is crap!!! all we ever recieve is a letter begging for more money to help the third world countries...what happened to helping people in our city/county? I know you can go to the shepherds center in sneedville and its a whole lot different than ours. stuff is way cheaper and i think they say nothing is over 25.00 in their store...Makes you wonder about how much the crook sheldon is making running this I would like to see a copy of his w-2's
The financial records for The Shepherd's Center and all the other areas of ministry that make up Of One Accord are posted on the web. They can also be viewed in the local office by appointment if you desire to see them. These records are audited yearly.

1st Chronocles 16:22 Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.
Blessed

Miami, FL

#16 Apr 24, 2008
Here is the link to the Ministry Web Page


http://www.ofoneaccordministry.org/
FYI

AOL

#17 Apr 27, 2008
Never ceases to amaze wrote:
I personally was shocked when I moved here and discovered all this town had for "helping" was Shepherd's Center. I had no furniture and was still looking for a job. I didn't know anyone in this town and the nearest family was 500 miles away. I went in and asked for help and they just said, sorry we don't do that. My children and I slept on the floor for six weeks before someone helped me find a cheap but clean mattress. I had always shopped at thrift stores back home for my childrens play clothes and furniture. You could get decent clothes for about $0.50 a piece. I don't even bother to shop for clothes at the Sheperds Center anymore. They are so high priced. I can get brand new clothes on clearance at Goody's and Walmart for maybe a dollar or two more. I do check out the "clearance area" once in a while in hopes that I'll get lucky. Yes the Shepards Center has many great programs. Feeding the homebound elderly is a wonderful loving thing to do. Christmas for the Children is great, but it's local churches that actually do the giving, not the Shepards Center (to my understanding). They just manage the applications. They do give away food, I haven't had to go but I have had a friend recently hit hard times and it was a lifesaver for her family. I just know that there are many out there who would benefit if they would lower the prices of their merchandise. It's a sad day when you can't afford second hand prices. I would also suggest that when they have donated clothes from someones yardsale and there is a sticker on it saying $0.50 that it is kinda silly to put a price tag on it for $3.50. I'm not bashing anyone, just giving my opinion since it was asked for. My long lengthy post will be finished once I say this. Many of you instantly "bashed" Stonie just for asking for opinions. They never once put anyone down just asked if they weren't seeing all that Shepard's Center did. This town ... really people, hospitality in a small town is a joke. There are good and kind people everywhere, even in big cities. Seems to me the mean hearted, spitefull and ugly outnumber the kind, good hearted, and well meaning in Rogersville, TN.
Sorry that happened to you. But your observation was a valid one and all to often what happens in Rogersville. You must attend the correct church, dress the proper way, and have the right name, and stay within the proper gossip circles if you really want help in Rogersville.
Confused

Lebanon, TN

#19 Apr 28, 2008
I do not donate anything to the Shepard's Center due to the fact that several years ago I lived in a neighborhood as did a couple who had several children and who did volunteer some of their time at the Center. They lived in a nice house, drove okay vehicles, had ATVs, older camper but suited the purpose, cell phones etc. This family would go to the Shepard's Center at least 3-4 times a week and would be allowed to look in all of the new clothing, housewares etc. before they were even priced or put on the floor. If a new shipment would come and this couple were not there on this particular day then they would receive a call from the Center to come in and look before they put the stuff out. I was told this directly by the wife because she asked what sizes my children wore and I declined the offer. She laughed because she would get name brand clothing for 50 cents an item or less. They would also receive some of the food. This family was not in need but still received. After this I quit donating anything. For several years I also helped by adopting a child through the Center for Christmas and I stopped that now I just give to the Baptist Children's Home through my church. My church also donates monthly to the Shepard's Center and I will not give my money in that offering just for the fact of how they handled things with my one-time neighbors.
I Wonder

United States

#20 Apr 28, 2008
I have read all these post. I have looked at the web site. I know many of the people who work and or volunteer at this ministry. I have one question. If the Shepherd's Center was not there who would do the things that they do for the community? No organization is perfect. Everyone involved is human and subject to human failure. There will never be a time in this life that any organization will be able to please all the people all the time. I wonder how many of the people who have posted here could stand before God Almighty and make the same remarks to Him that they have made about the Shepherd's Center. I know I could.
I Wonder

United States

#21 Apr 28, 2008
Stonie wrote:
I would like to konw if the Shepherd's Center really helps our area or if it could do more to help the citiziens. I know that they do not give away items to people who have lost their homes to fire, they sell them these items, and they don't give out a whole lot of food. Maybe I have not seen what all they really are doing. Give me your opinions and dont comment on any of their workers or employees. This is about the organization as a whole.
Volunteer workers and employees MAKE the organization as a whole, as employees and workers make any organization. Without them there would be no organization.
SimplyKt

Sevierville, TN

#22 Apr 29, 2008
I took clothes in there and they went through the bag, got out what they wanted to keep, then sold the rest for WAYYYY to much. In my opinion, thats not a good organization at all
I Wonder

Lebanon, TN

#23 Apr 29, 2008
I repeat........I wonder how many of the people who have posted here could stand before God Almighty and make the same remarks to Him that they have made about the Shepherd's Center. I know I could.

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